CMSD school-choice season begins, high school fair to be held on Feb. 1

Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has announced it’s officially school-choice season, the time of year when families can exercise their right to decide which CMSD schools their children will attend. This time of year is important for eighth-graders who are deciding where to go to high school. The District allows students to attend any school, provided there is room and, in a few cases, they meet admissions criteria. Through March 13 — or Feb. 13 for most of the schools with admissions criteria — families can submit choices by going to an online open-enrollment portal —

CMSDchoiceflyerCurrent eighth-graders can explore their options with the help of the District’s High School Choice Book, as well as school videos accessible through the enrollment portal. Students and their families also can browse school booths at the annual High School Choice Fair, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave. Free food will be served and free parking will be available in a CSU parking garage at East 21st Street and Prospect Avenue.

Students can continue to make choices after March 13 but may not be guaranteed their first preferences. Demand was so strong at Max S. Hayes High School and  MC²STEM for this school year, the District had to fill ninth-grade seats at those schools by lottery and put other students on waiting lists. If lotteries are necessary this year, the results will be announced March 24.

Read more about the District’s new high school options available year here. If you have questions, call 216.838.3675.